April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.
Have you talked with your family and your care providers about your wishes for end of life care? 
April 2016
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Council on Aging annual reports feature highlights and client stories
Council on Aging’s 2015 Annual Report includes data, photos, and personal stories that highlight our changing role in long-term care services and supports. Through programs such as MyCare Ohio and Care Transitions, we are working to strengthen the connection between health care and long-term care.

The report includes highlights of 2015, such as our participation in the PBS documentary, Caring for Mom and Dad, along with photos and stories of several clients, such as 102-year-old Florence who says, “I love being alive!”

In addition to our organization annual report, we also produce annual reports for the Elderly Services Program in Butler, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren counties. These reports include client stories and photos along with detailed demographic and financial information.  Read more...
Council on Aging Updates
30th Annual Forum on Aging delivers learning, networking, and inspiration!
More than 640 professionals from across southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky attended Council on Aging's  30th Annual Forum on Aging, presented by Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.   Forum on Aging offers professionals in our region's aging and disability network the opportunity to earn up to 12 continuing education units. In addition, 40 sponsors, 16 workshops, three keynote presentations, and an awards ceremony offered attendees plenty of opportunities for learning, networking, and inspiration.   Click here to read more... 
COA's Brian Van Arsdale receives public administration award

Council on Aging is honored to congratulate Senior Financial Analyst Brian Van Arsdale for receiving the 2016 Public Administrator of the Year Award – Early Careerist, from the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.  The award honors outstanding individuals for their work in the field of public administration. Read more...
Care Transitions program shares what has been learned and looks ahead

Danielle Amrine, COA’s Manager of Transitional Care, has been selected to serve on the faculty for the national Community Care Transitions Project (CCTP). This major initiative was designed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to save Medicare funds and improve patient care by reducing hospital re-admissions. Read more... 
Ohio leads HOME Choice

Of all the things Council on Aging does to help people, one of the most satisfying is helping them move out of nursing homes and back into the community. Ohio's HOME Choice program makes this possible for nursing home residents who can’t be discharged unless they can get in-home care services and/or an appropriate place to live. Ohio's program is a national leader in moving people back home and in COA’s region, Hamilton and Butler counties were among the state’s leading counties in number of transitions in 2014 and 2015, combined. Read more...
Council on Aging receives grant from Aetna

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio has received a generous grant from Aetna to help develop initiatives that will strengthen the connection between health care and long-term care.

The $25,000 award was presented at Council on Aging’s annual meeting March 9.  It was presented by two representatives of Aetna Better Health of Ohio, Inc.: Tony Solem, Chief Executive Officer, and Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer.  Read more...
COA welcomes new board and advisory council members

Council on Aging is overseen by a Board of Trustees and assisted by an Advisory Council. We are pleased to announce the newest members of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council. Read more...
More options now available for home-delivered meals

Council on Aging is now requiring all providers to offer therapeutic meals for clients with medical dietary needs.  This is especially beneficial for people coming home from the hospital who may need special meals temporarily or permanently. Read more...

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Long-term Care Corner
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? Would your family and/or caregivers instinctively know and honor your wishes? 

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about  end-of-life  care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on.  But it is also important that you talk to your loved ones and health care providers about your wishes.  

Whether you're looking for a way to talk to your family about your wishes, or you are searching for the correct forms, there are many resources to help you get started. Click here for more...
Guest Voice: Hospice of Cincinnati

Hospice of Cincinnati's Conversations of a Lifetime™ program is promoting National Healthcare Decisions Day to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. An accident or serious illness can happen to anyone, at anytime. Talking to your loved ones now, before a medical crisis, is a gift you give to yourself and your loved ones. Read more...

Ohio releases results of 2015 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey 

The results of the 2015 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey are now available on Ohio's Long-Term Care Consumer Guide website (www.ltc.ohio.gov). The survey is one of several tools available on the website to help individuals and families select an Ohio nursing home or residential care facility that best meets their needs and preferences.  The statewide average score for nursing facility resident satisfaction was 87 (out of 100); the average for residential care facilities, also known as assisted living facilities, was 91.7.  Read more... 

Understanding new labor rules for home care workers

The Department of Labor recently updated the Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA) rules for home care workers, requiring that most home care workers be paid the federal minimum wage and receive overtime pay. A new guide is available to help consumers and families understand their new responsibilities under the FLSA. 

The guide explains who must follow the FLSA rules, with examples of situations, including hiring through a home care agency, paid providers who are family members, live-in workers, and arranging care through a self-directed program.  Click here to access the resource guide. 

For Your Health
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month
Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive movement disorder affecting as many as  one million Americans. Sy mptoms vary but can include tremor, slowness of movements, limb stiffness, and difficulties with gait and balance.

Parkinson's cause is unknown and there is no cure, but treatment options such as medication and surgery can help to manage the symptoms.

Parkinson's resources:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

UC Health Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

Guest Voice: George Mandybur, MD

Deep brain stimulation may benefit people with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor
For more than 15 years deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery has been an important treatment option for people with Parkinson’s disease. D BS is also an important treatment for essential tremor, which afflicts about 10 million Americans -- eight times as many people as Parkinson’s.  Read more...
Aging & Disability Resource Network Updates
Healthy U workshops lead to better lives for those with chronic disease; leadership training offered in May
If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, you probably already know what you need to do for a healthy lifestyle. But maybe, you don’t always do what you know you should.

Healthy U is proven successful at helping adults gain confidence in their ability to manage their symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives.  

Workshops are scheduled throughout Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties this spring.  Click here for a complete list.  Interested in becoming a Healthy U leader?  Council on Aging will offer a free training this May. Learn more... 

Nominate a special caregiver for 4th annual Caring Like Karen Awards

Compassionate, dedicated, and caring caregivers who work in Butler, Warren, and Hamilton counties will be honored Friday, June 10 at the fourth annual Caring Like Karen Awards luncheon in West Chester.  Award nominations will be accepted in six categories through May 2. Read more...

Older Americans Act headed to President for signature

The Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 192) has passed both houses of congress and is headed to the President for his signature. The latest reauthorization of the OAA expired in 2011. The OAA provides essential services to nearly 11 million seniors, including information and referral assistance, in-home supports, nutrition programs, transportation, caregiver support, legal services and protection from abuse and financial exploitation.  Read more about the Act and its path to reauthorization...

Ohio's Older American's Month Theme: Aging. It's Everybody's Business

Each year, Ohio and the nation recognize May as Older Americans Month to celebrate our elders as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive, and contribute. Ohio’s 2016 Older Americans Month theme,  “Aging. It’s Everybody’s Business,”  reminds us that everybody can play a role in promoting opportunities for the elderly to grow, thrive, and contribute.  Read more...
Resource Spotlight: CILO launches new website

CILO, the Center for Independent Living Options, recently launched its new website, www.cilo.net. The site will help CILO better serve people with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The site includes information about services, eligibility, and an updated activities calendar.  
Events & Learning Opportunities
Visit the Events page on our website for a complete, up-to-date list of events for adults, caregivers and professionals.  Unless otherwise noted, the events are NOT in any way affiliated with Council on Aging.  Please use the links included with each event to get or request additional information. 
Free training helps caregivers prepare for disasters
Seniors are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards. Factors such as physical and mental health and medication requirements are issues of concern for caregivers of older adults.  These specific needs, and others, should be addressed in emergency preparedness plans. Family/informal and professional caregivers are invited to attend a free training to learn how to plan for, identify, and perform a number of support activities that will ensure the safety and security of seniors when a natural disaster occurs.   Click here for more information
Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen.  Shredding sensitive documents that you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself.  Do some spring cleaning in the aftermath of tax season and safely dispose of unwanted paperwork at  AARP Cincinnati's free Shred Fest at the Dillonvale Shopping Center, Saturday, April 23, 8-11 a.m. Registration is encouraged.  Click here for more information.   
Hamilton County TRIAD invites seniors to attend the free program,  Staying Safe - Aging in Place for Seniors,  a safety forum for community seniors on Thursday, May 19 at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neal is the keynote speaker.   Registration required.  
On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness  (free webinar)
National Alliance for Caregiving, Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness
April 20, 2016

DRIVE Training and Train the Trainer Courses
Open to transportation providers with PASSPORT or OAA Title III contracts
April 25-26, 2016 (Train the Trainer)
Columbus, OH
April, July, October, 2016 (Drive Training)
Cincinnati, OH
Jewish Family Service Speaker Series:
"They're Your Parents Too! How siblings can survive their parents' aging without driving each other crazy"
Francine Russo, PhD
May 4, 2016
Cooper Creek Event Center, Blue Ash

Opening Minds through Art (OMA)
Facilitator training for artists, healthcare professionals, and service learning educators
May 23-26, 2016
The Knolls of Oxford
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About Council on Aging
Council on Aging is a state-designated Area Agency on Aging, serving a 21-county region.   Our mission: Enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain independent at home through a range of quality services. One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.    Learn more about COA